Issue: 2016 > December > case report

Ganciclovir-induced ataxia and encephalopathy

M.C. Möhlmann, J. Stiksma, M.H.H. Kramer
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Background: Ganciclovir can be used to treat a primary cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection, however it can cause side effects.
Case description: We describe a 60-year-old immunocompromised woman with a primary CMV infection who was treated with ganciclovir. She developed an encephalopathy which resolved after discontinuation of ganciclovir.
Conclusion: A reversible encephalopathy as a side effect of ganciclovir.